Destiny's next update coming in February, will balance Crucible mode

Bungie's goal is to 'freshen things up' in both Crucible and Sandbox.


Destiny's Crucible and Sandbox modes will receive special attention in next month's patch, according to a blog.

"Sandbox and Crucible designers have been investigating and updating the competitive ecosystem, and I am proud to say that we are getting very close," said Bungie senior designer Josh Hamrick of February's patch. "Through experimentation and near daily battles to the (digital) death, we have begun to home in on a set of changes that we believe freshens things up."

While Hamrick did not go into detail on those changes, he did provide the five goals around which Destiny designers are rallying.

  • Promote alternatives and counters to Shotguns
  • Align potency of Primary Weapons with surgical changes
  • File down a couple of issues from each class
  • Fix some issues with a sampler platter of Exotics
  • Supporting adjustments to Special Ammunition

Destiny players expect Bungie to focus on refinement. Rise of Iron was the last major expansion for the original game; focus within the company has shifted to Destiny 2, rumored to release on PC as well as on Xbox One and PS4.

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    January 26, 2017 4:16 PM

    David Craddock posted a new article, Destiny's next update coming in February, will balance Crucible mode

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      January 26, 2017 4:39 PM

      Now that, Guardian, is a hell of a claim.

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        January 26, 2017 5:33 PM

        No, the crucible will literally have balancing--the map is a see-saw

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          January 26, 2017 5:33 PM

          I would prefer more symmetrical maps.

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      January 26, 2017 8:05 PM


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        January 26, 2017 8:10 PM

        That is how they have been operating for a long time now outside of new content.

        They have gotten pretty good at listening and responding.

        Gives me a lot of hope for Destiny 2 actually.

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          January 26, 2017 8:11 PM


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            January 26, 2017 8:16 PM

            I am not sure abandon is the right word, but the game is pretty hard for them to keep building new content for, but if you look at how far they have stretched the game it is pretty amazing. I can't think of many game devs outside of Valve and Blizzard who continue to update the game long after release.

            But of course I am taking out the fact that a lot of those changes were not free.

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      January 27, 2017 5:45 AM

      Hawkmoon, Thorn and Red Death need buffs badly. I'd like to see year 1 Hawkmoon and Thorn levels of damage restored(haters gonna hate). Red Death to me has always seemed underwhelming and I'd love to see it given a substantial buff. I'd also like to see them bring back the Vex gun(I guess depending on if they bring back the older raids with updated/buffed weapons and armor?)

      Mapador errr I mean Matador shotgun needs a slight decrease. I'm getting mapped from what seems like substantial distances. There are seriously people sniping with the Matador. At 54 seconds in, you will be amazed!

      The Warlock amplitude melee(shoots lighting out with a punch) is crazy OP and needs a nerf.

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